BUTTERFLY RAINFOREST BY ELIF PORTAKAL

Nature on Display: From the first moment I stepped into the Butterfly Rainforest, I felt like everything was magical. I was completely in another world. Everything was so natural and green. I learned why they named the exhibit butterfly rainforest. It’s because rainforests host a great diversity of butterflies. Before I came here, I didn’t have any knowledge about butterflies. They were only cute, little, beautiful creatures for me. I found the design of the exhibit so appealing because everything was so bright and real. I think the information boards were so helpful for me. I learned a lot of information about nature and butterflies. I learned about some specific butterfly names and how they fly, eat, drink, or what happens in the Rainforest at night.
Nature and Ethics: Sometimes it’s so easy to forget that we’re only a little part of this world and there’re other creatures other than our race. We’re definitely not the conquerors of the land, we’re only a member of the land. The Natural History Museum provided me the opportunity to experience nature in many ways such as Leopold imagines, love, respect, and admire. I admired nature in that moment. I sensed a mixture of plant, pollen, and flower smell, and it was incredible. I felt like I was in the movie Avatar because everything was extremely normal and peaceful. Some people were so busy with taking pictures of these amazing creatures, some people was there with their family and kids so that they can see the nature and have some knowledge of the importance of nature, and some old people were only there to find peace. It’s so easy to be a part of the nature and feel like you belong because of the design of the Butterfly Rainforest. People just walk in from a door and suddenly they’re in heaven in Earth and they keep walking between some variety of plants, trees, and lots of butterflies. My experience in the museum filled me with a lot of love, respect, and admiration of to the nature. The museum instilled me with an ethical responsibility to the nature and every other creature who lives in the land.
Nature and the Human Spirit: We usually don’t have the opportunity to experience something like in the Butterfly Rainforest in our daily lives. It’s so easy to forget the importance of nature in our everyday lives. I believe we need to make time from our daily lives and feel this precious universe over and over again. It might help us to find peace, forget our little daily issues, and make us feel comfortable again. Even if we can experience it once a month, I think we can better appreciate the mystery and the majesty of the natural world. The natural world makes us feel whole, caring, and loving.

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